Shimoji seals victory at 6-under-par
Ozaki wins in Boys 15-19 Division
OKATIE, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the second Southeast event of the Fall season, the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. In an exciting event on the breathtaking Oldfield Golf Club, the field of 47 junior golfers was able to showcase their skills and golf knowledge through tough holes with some particularly difficult hazards. Aside from a slight weather delay late Saturday afternoon, the beautiful playing conditions allowed the golfers to get through their rounds smoothly.
Topping off the Boys 15-19 Division, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, made his Fall debut in great fashion, shooting a 140 to end up 4-under-par for the weekend, seven shots ahead of the second-place finisher, Taiga Fujii, of Toyama-shi, Japan. Firing a 5-under-par 67 on the first day, Ozaki also captured the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round. Ozaki capitalized on six made birdies through the first round, most notably with a birdie on the par-4 No. 12 – a hole which proved to be one of the most difficult on the course this weekend.
On Sunday, Ozaki kept his focus, sinking 15 solid pars and an impressive birdie on hole No. 15 to end with a 1-over 73. His concentration and strong swings were able to propel him to a large lead, never letting up and showcasing his ever-improving skills.
Toks Pedro of Bowie, Md., was not able to repeat as champion at Oldfield Golf Club; however he had a respectable third-place finish recording a tournament total of 149.
Takafumi Shimoji, the 12-year-old from Miyakojima-shi, Japan, played in the Boys 14 & Under Division and ended the tournament not only with the division title, but also the lowest overall tournament score of 6-under-par 138. Right out of the gate, Shimoji showed great patience and carded an impressive 5-under-par 67 for Round 1 with six birdies coming on holes Nos. 8, 10-13 and 16.
His second-round score of 71 for Sunday, which included four birdies with three on the final four holes, helped to keep him ahead of the Boys 14 & Under Division pack, giving him a final nine-shot victory over second-place finishers, Drew Weary of Bluffton, S.C., and Ben El Cohn, of Bluffton, S.C. Shimoji’s spectacular short game and honed putting skills helped him solidify his strong finish.
Capturing the Girls Division title was Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, who is now two for two in first-place titles for the 2013-2014 IJGT season. After shooting a first-round 6-over-par 78 with four birdies and one bogey, Wuensch came out on Sunday with a vengeance, moving to the top of the leaderboard with a scorching 3-under-par 69. Wuensch finished at 147, and was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her extraordinary second-round performance.
Coming in second place was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who shot a final score of 154 for the event. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, with a tournament total of 160. Quevedo’s round on Saturday of 1-under-par 71 earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.
The IJGT Southeast tour continues the weekend of Sept. 7-8 with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444
OKATIE, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Lowcountry Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 1, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,865 yards, Par 72 (73.6/139). Boys 14 & Under Division: Black Tees – 6,189 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,896 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).
Mostly sunny with few rain showers, temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 0-5 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 0-5 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club
August 31-September 1, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,862 yards, Par 72
1. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *67-73–140
2. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *72-75–147
3. Toks Pedro, Bowie, MD *75-74–149
4. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *76-74–150
5. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *78-76–154
6. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *79-76–155
6. Alec Weary, Bluffton, SC *78-77–155
8. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *74-82–156
9. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *77-80–157
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *85-73–158
10. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *78-80–158
12. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-80–159
12. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *76-83–159
14. Henrique Ferreira, Sao Paulo, Brazil *79-82–161
15. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria *81-82–163
15. Drew Smith, Decatur, GA *83-80–163
17. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *88-76–164
17. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *85-79–164
19. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *80-86–166
20. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *89-81–170
21. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *89-82–171
22. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *92-81–173
23. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-88–174
23. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *84-90–174
23. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-89–174
26. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *88-87–175
27. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-91–178
28. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs CO, *92-87–179
29. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *97-90–187
30. Alfredo Moreno, Mexico City, Mexico *100-90–190
31. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *121-118–239
Boys 14 & Under Division, Black Tees, 6,189 yards, Par 72
1. Takafumi Shimoji, Miyakojima-shi, Japan *67-71–138
2. Drew Weary, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Ben El Cohn, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
4. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *81-70–151
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-81–165
6. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico *86-80–166
7. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-84–170
8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *96-87–183
8. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy *89-94–183
10. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-114–224
DID NOT FINISH
Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *DQ (Rule 14-3)
Girls Division – White Tees, 5,896 yards, Par 72
1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *78-69–147
2. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-76–154
3. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *71-89–160
4. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *79-85–164
5. Sydney Nix, Huntsville, AL *88-106–194